Grant Award for Creative Caregivers

The application deadline for the Benjamin Rose Award for Innovation in Caregiving has just been extended! The award recognizes creative solutions to challenges of caregiving. 

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging invites creative caregivers to apply for the 8th annual Innovation in Caregiving Award. Up to three award winners will each receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000. Awards will be presented at Benjamin Rose’s annual conference later this fall.

The Innovation in Caregiving Award recognizes individuals who, in the course of caring for an older adult or person with disabilities in a private home or a residential setting:

  • invent a device or technique that solves a caregiving challenge, or
  • find a new application for an existing device or technique that supports caregiving and eases the burden on caregivers.

Applicants for the 2018 awards may be family caregivers, paid care providers, or support staff whose ingenuity and inventiveness in giving care is worthy of recognition and replication. The award criteria include:

  • the innovativeness of the device, technique or new application,
  • its usefulness,
  • its potential for being adopted or duplicated by others, and
  • its possibility for improving quality of care or quality of life, or any combination of those criteria.

The Innovation in Caregiving Award is made possible through a gift to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging by a former Board Member. The late Elizabeth H. (Betty) Rose created several devices that made it easier for caregivers to assist older adults. Her efforts resulted in improvements in care and increased comfort for those receiving care. Betty realized that caregivers are often creative problem solvers as well. She intended this award to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals who serve on the frontlines of caregiving. 

Applications for the award are available online at or by calling 216.791.8000. Deadline for applications has been extended to August 31, 2018.

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is a nationally recognized nonprofit pursuing innovation in practice and policy to address the important issues of aging. As a champion for older adults, Benjamin Rose works to advance their health, independence and dignity. The organization has established itself as a trusted resource for people who counsel, care for and advocate on behalf of older adults. The state-of-the-art Conference Center at Benjamin Rose hosts educational programming that is responsive to the evolving demands of an aging population.

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